Manchester United’s Casemiro will miss the EPL match against Arsenal next Sunday after recieving his fifth yellow card in yesterday’s match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. The two clubs resulted into a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Stadium.
Casemiro who was shown the card in the 80th minute of the game had lastly played only the last 10 minutes when Man United beat Arsenal 3-1 in September.
“We beat them without Casemiro – now we have to do the same,” Ten Hag vowed.
United led Palace 1-0 untill a goal emerged from Bruno Fernandes when Casemiro was cautioned for a late lunge on Eagles forward Wilfried Zaha.
This came eight minutes after they had claims for a penalty when Scott McTominay was challenged by Chris Richards just inside the Palace box.
Manchester’s hopes became more futile as Michael Olise equalised with a wonderful free-kick in injury time to ensure United, looking to become champions for the first time since 2012-13, dropped two points.
Casemiro came on in the 80th minute of United’s win over Arsenal, by which point all of the goals had been scored.
However Man United have only lost once in 20 matches in all competitions and are third in the Premier League – level on points with Manchester City.
Casemiro has played a vital role in that resurgence since his £70m from Real Madrid where he won the Champions League five times.
“He’s a really important player for us and a reason we’re in this position,” Ten Hag said.
“We were winning, controlling the game and an unlucky moment. We have to take that and move on and make the best plan for Arsenal,” he added.
Man United’s goalkeeper David de Gea made two vital saves to deny Odsonne Edouard and Marc Guehi, but was unable to stop Olise’s stunning 25-yard free-kick, which went in off the underside of the crossbar.
“If we want to win in these games, we have to control them until the end,” said De Gea. “We dropped two points.
“I was pleased with my save in the first half [tipping Edouard’s shot on to the crossbar] but the feeling at the end was not so good because we didn’t win.
“It’s a big blow to lose Casemiro for Sunday. Now we are missing one of our best players for a big game and it is a big loss for us,” De Gea regretted.